Filipinos truly love sports. We have been there when Manny Pacquiao scores a knock out on his opponents. We support football after Azkals made its goals on the net and basketball can seen everywhere in the country. When it comes come to passion and talent to craft, surely Filipinos have a lot of that, but beyond the dedication, external problems takes its place. We are into sports; are we ?
Lack of sports facilities is one of the main reasons why athletes and sporty at heart negates the chance to improve their skills on the sport they love. The government not fully supporting the sports industry is also another huge hindrance to its success.
The Philippine Sports Commission tackles all sports – related concerns in the country, but it only receives lower than 200 million as its annual budget from the congress. ( Philstar Global) short enough to fund only its continuous operation, not the renovation. One being the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
Built in 1930’s RMSC is considered one of the oldest pre-war structures in the country. Even though it is old and was recently put to b sold on a group of businessman and was halted, thanks to PSC, the facility was considered a heritage site and have housed many sporting events up to now.
In an interview with former senator Nikki Coseteng on Manila Times, she mentioned the urgency to create sports facilities, stadium and sports quarters. She also described the Filipino sports as “messy” for having the development of sports itself in some areas are weak, invisible, underdeveloped and well- developed.
We may have big arenas like Mall of Asia Arena and Araneta Coliseum but are owned by private sectors. The Philippine Arena and Philippine Sports Stadium who are owned by the religious group Iglesia Ni Cristo. Coseteng added that we should have a sports complex that every athletes and Filipinos can own to themselves.
In schools, the subject Physical Education is a subject that should be energizing the students and teach them the importance of physical fitness only cuts a half or two in the class’ time and we have to admit that there are some schools who do not give much importance about sport.
There are sports documentaries showing the struggles of athletes on their everyday training. No safety gadgets while playing and lack of sports materials; this post as a bigger problem to the athletes who resides on the rural areas where in fact produces the more competent and strong athletes.
Furthermore, the government and other private sectors secures their continuous help to fasten the development of the sport industry in the country. Like the two facilities under the construction in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac that will be used to host the 2019 SEA Games.
Even those who are not into sports we can be of any help to the improvement of the industry ! By simply donating to even the smallest amount you can give or just by helping the athletes maintain the facilities they have by cleaning. One thing is for sure, even though we lack facilities needed, Filipinos heart for sports will never falter !